Friday, November 9, 2012

[Marvel Heroic Roleplaying] Previously on 'X-Men: Last Class' and 'New Runaways' - Season 1 and New Runaways Recap


Here is a recap of the events from the first 'season' of our Marvel Heroic Roleplaying campaign, 'X-Men: Last Class'. This should help reduce confusion as to what the heck is going on in the game as of the most recent session, since there's a lot of stuff that's happened.

Disclaimer: The character of Jenny Everywhere is available for use by anyone, with only one condition. This paragraph must be included in any publication involving Jenny Everywhere, in order that others may use this property as they wish. All rights reversed.

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The Xavier School For Gifted Youngsters is destroyed by Sentinels.

The Baxter Building is blown up, and Franklin Richards - son of Reed Richards and Susan Storm - is abducted.

All over New York, heroes are being systematically defeated and captured by strange duplicates of other superheroes and villains infested with metallic slugs.

And it's not just this New York. It's happening in every universe. Nobody knows why, and so far no hero has been able to stop the tide of destruction that's sweeping across the omniverse.

There are, however, those who might yet make a difference.

A ragtag group of survivors from the Xavier School escapes the invaders. They're not even fully fledged X-Men, but they nonetheless don the uniforms and take the fight to what they know only as the Enemy. Gaining the support of Susan Storm and Valeria Richards, they are able to track the abducted faculty and other superheroes to a hidden base in the Savage Land, seemingly run by OzCorp.

Two of their number vanish in the conflict that follows.

Jenny Harris, gifted with strange trans-dimensional teleportation powers, is sent on a mission across the omniverse by Susan and Valeria to seek aid from the version of Reed Richards closest to the frontlines of this omniversal war, and is instantly replaced by a cold and emotionless soldier version of herself from another timeline.

Then, while Black Ops Jenny accidentally levels the facility after discovering her energy absorption powers and losing control of them, Larry Luck aka Collect, gets dragged inside his own dimensionally transcendental pocket by a purple hand belonging to Thanos.

In the aftermath of the blast, all of the X-Men and other superheroes the team thought they had rescued dissolve into metallic slugs, just before an armada of cube shaped ships arrives to blot out the sun, announcing in a booming electronic voice: 'We are the Borg. You will be archived. Resistance is futile.'

Meanwhile, another band of would-be heroes arrives from an alternate timeline. They consist of the air-bender Alex Murphy, toymaster Blaine Burton, earth-bender Chad Hudson, yet another alternate Jenny by the name of Jenny Darkholme, and the malfunctioning Life Model Decoy known as TH Lawrence. There was a hope that this motley crew of misfits might make a difference in the events to come, as they had either perished or didn't have powers in all the previous universes visited by the Enemy before theirs.

However, it seems this hope was in vain. Blaine Burton disappears after he is seemingly absorbed into the cape that he borrowed from Doctor Strange, which is now in the hands of Thanos. Jenny Darkholme blows a hole into a universe of pure kinetic energy, significantly diminishing the Borg's numbers, but she is absorbed into the energy universe while sealing the breach before it grows out of control. And finally, self-appointed 'team' leader Alex Murphy flies into the upper atmosphere in his hijacked Gundam and sets off a nuke, destroying another large group of Borg ships, but the shockwave sends him tumbling out into space, having lost all power to his thrusters.

As all of this unfolds, Susan Storm and Valeria realise the Borg ship that has crashed into the plateau they're on is about to explode...

X-Men: Last Class Vol 2., #2 will be online @ 6:30pm. Stay tuned!

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